Inspired by another recent trip to London, I’m going to do a little London guide series on the blog starting with ‘Where to Eat in London’. After living there for five years, I often get asked recommendations on where to go, so thought it would be good to get them all written down for anyone who is interested’s reading pleasure.
The Breakfast Club – I don’t know anyone who has been to The Breakfast Club and hasn’t come out a huge fan! The Breakfast club is a collection (the word chain feels wrong) of cafs (not cafes, as their website instructs me) that have been on the go since 2005. There are eight locations and each one is different from all the others. I’ve been to the Soho one, the Clapham one and the Brighton one and have loved them all. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the margaritas are delicious and the eggs benedict is super scrummy.
Caravan – I really love this Kings Cross eatery. The first time I went, it was just for drinks and some nibbles but I spotted the brunch menu and knew I had to go back. The setting is fab, there are even a bunch of choreographed fountains outside. Fancy! If you get there just before 10am on a Sunday, you might have to stand in a small queue, but it goes down pretty quickly. I like the rustic feel of Caravan and the staff are really attentive. They have a great selection of baked goods, fruit, cereal, on toast options and then the full on brunch options. I had the Caravan fry and absolutely loved it. The slow roasted tomatoes were beautiful.
Scoffer’s Kitchen – we were taken to this lovely little place in Clapham years ago by friends (whilst nursing a festival hangover) and have been back a couple times since. They have a pretty extensive brunch menu for being a relatively small place, but each option sounds delicious and it’s really hard to choose what to have. They place a lot of emphasis on high quality ingredients, which comes through in the flavours. The prices are very reasonable too – £9.50 for a full breakfast; £8.95 for my old favourite, eggs benedict.
Bills – who doesn’t love a bit of Bills? I am genuinely gutted our closest one is about a 45 minute car journey away. They are a chain of restaurants, that don’t feel like a chain of restaurants, if you get what I mean? The décor is fab. There’s always plenty to look at, such as massive bunches of dried chilies hanging from the ceiling. I like the vegetarian breakfast, and the husband likes the steak, egg and chips. They are also very kid friendly, which is always a bonus for us famalams.
Tanner & Co – I’ve only recently discovered this place, thanks to a friend, but it’s already made it onto my list of favourite places to go whilst in London. The place is kitted out in old school gym equipment which makes you feel rather nostalgic. There are vaults, climbing frames, ropes etc and the bar has a lot of wooden cupboards and copper features going on. It looks great. The brunch menu is amazing and they also do a 2 hour bottomless brunch for £35. There are eight alcoholic options to accompany your bottomless brunch, which I think is really good, considering you often usually only get a couple options in other places.
Flesh and Buns – I’ve only been here once but am very keen to head back soon. Flesh and Buns is a Japanese Izakaya situated near Covent Garden. An Izakaya is a place to drink and socialize but to also grab a bite to eat. Flesh and Buns has a really relaxed atmosphere and is perfect place to spend a couple lazy hours on a Sunday, during their bottomless brunch. There are two menu options – one priced at £39 and one at £36. You get a cocktail on arrival, Japanese dips and chips, unlimited hot and cold dishes, signature Flesh and Buns dishes and unlimited Proseccos, Red or White wine. Not bad at all! I particularly loved the Californian rolls and salmon teriyaki buns.
Duck and Waffle – if you’re feeling a little bit spendy, then Duck and Waffle is a great place to head to for brunch. It’s situated 40 floors up, in Heron tower and has spectacular views of the city. You can choose from waffles and pancakes (both sweet and savoury), classic brunch options such as eggs and much, much more. It’s often hard to get a table so get a table booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Also, be sure to try the legendary duck & waffle – the mustard maple syrup is gorgeous.
Where are your favourite places to go for breakfast/brunch in London?